This weeks Studio Saturday is a peek into the messy studio of Lynn Davis. Watch your feet, there seems to be a pile of papers on the floor! And they are sticky ...
I have watched in amazement and awe as others have explored the world of resin. I've read lots of books and articles and done research. But I still wasn't prepared for the level of fun and messiness of working with two-part resin. Lately some folks have been referring to me as a mixed-media artist. If that means that I like to play with lots of different media and mix things up, then that's probably right. And if it means I'm a little mixed up, that's definitely right!
It all started with etching some copper and wanting to make some containers. I really want to make a locket design, I'm facinated with the idea of something that opens, that has something stored or preserved inside it. Like pocketwatches with the lid and hinges, or like lockets with photos or things hidden inside them. So I was making designs on the copper to create the container part.
I started making boxes out of copper, and little round containers, and with one thing leading to another I started pouring some resin on it all and that's when things started getting a little crazy. I had rounds and rectangles, and I filled them with things and poured on the resin - we're really cooking now. But I had some leftover resin! So I poured it into a mold - waste not, right? Later out popped this seashell shape, all ghostly and transparent.
It's facinating and yet tough for me because it has to sit for a long time, without being handled, while it cures. So to keep myself from having my fingerprints as a permanent design element, I must leave them alone. I'm tactile and visual, so I want to handle them. But hands-off!
It's been a lot of fun, really messy and very stinky and sticky. I have plastic dropcloths everywhere and have learned not to touch anything that looks even slightly like a droplet I may have left behind. I'm enhancing my level of patience and developing an appreciation for allowing myself to make lots of mistakes. And huge messes.
So here's the question so I don't feel I'm all alone with creating such a huge sticky situation, and this could be about painting a room, sewing drapes, cooking a recipe, making cookies or planting a garden, they're all creative activities -
What's the messiest project you've ever started, and what did you create? Do you mind getting dirty while creating - and how did it turn out, were you pleased, was it fun and worth the mess?
It's okay to tell on yourself, we're all friends here! Share and share alike. Make me feel better! Post your answer in the comments to this post and if you are selected you could win a sample of a properly cured resin charm - no stickiness, guaranteed!
Stop by tomorrow for gossip in the Bead blogging neighborhood. Don't forget the new ABS $10 Tuesday. A project for you to create for $10 or under, every Tuesday.
Posted on a sticky keyboard with paper stuck to her shoe by Lynn Davis - Mixed Up Media Maker in Dropcloth Central